Drug-stained Neeraj fell from TOPS; Deepika Kumari, Chinki Yadav included
NEW DELHI: female drug-stained boxer Neeraj Phogat was withdrawn on Thursday from the sports ministry Outline of the Olympic target podium (TOPS) while archer Deepika Kumari it was included after playing a crucial role in India ensuring a place of quota for the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Shooter Chinki Yadav, who secured an Olympic quota at the 25m pistol event earlier this year, was added to the TOPS list along with the veteran Texas Sawant , Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar and Mairaj Ahmed Khan.
Three archers have been included in the scheme, including former world number one Deepika Kumari and Ankita Bhakat, both of whom combined to secure an individual Olympic quota for India in women's recurve event. Veteran L Bombayla Devi is the other archer to make the cut.
The men's and women's teams have also been included after qualifying for the Tokyo Games.
Boxer Neeraj Phogat has also been excluded from the TOPS scheme due to her provisional suspension by NADA, the Sports Authority of India said in a statement.
Phogat tested positive for the drug Ligandrol, which improves performance, which helps muscle building.
"The committee has also taken the decision to exclude shooters Ravi Kumar and Om Prakash Mitharwal from the Outline of the Olympic target podium due to their dipping performance graph," the release stated.
In addition to the previous players, who were included in the core group, the committee also included the javelin throwers of the Indian men Shivpal Singh and Rohit Yadav in the development group.
The criteria for the selection of athletes were the comments of national sports federations, national observers, high performance managers, project officers and coaches.
In addition to the inclusion of athletes, financial proposals of more than Rs 40 lakh were approved for shooting athletes, table tennis, wrestling and para-athletics.
The Badminton Association of India also presented its long-term plan for the 2020, 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games.
The points discussed, in the presence of the national badminton coach Gopichand pulley , including, create a larger group of coaches for emerging players with a greater focus on Indian coaches.
New participants in TOPS:
Shooting: Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar, Mairaj Ahmed Khan, Texas Sawant , Chinki Yadav
Archery: Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat, Bombayla Devi.
Hockey: Male and female teams.
Para- Archery: Vivek Chikara, Harvinder Singh, Rakesh Kumar and Shyam Sundar
Para-athletics: Nishad Kumar, Ajeet Singh, Yogesh Kathuniya, T Mariyappan
To-Badminton: Nagar Krishna